701 Cocoa Avenue, Hershey, PA 17033

(717) 533-6555 library@derrytownship.org

Job Opportunity in Teen Services

The Hershey Public Library has an opening for a part-time position as Library Assistant in Teen Services. If you are interested in applying, please complete an application form and submit to the Library Director, Laura O’Grady. If you have questions, please contact the Hershey Public Library at 717-533-6555.


Employment Application Form.


The Library Assistant – Teen Services works in cooperation with the Children’s and Teen Librarian to plan and implement dynamic programming that inspires and engages teen patrons. The Library Assistant – Teen Services will work with the Children’s and Teen Librarian to cultivate an environment where teens feel at home in their library.


Works under the guidance and direction of the Children’s and Teen Librarian.


Exercises supervision over volunteers and staff assigned to assist with programming.


Plans, implements and evaluates programming that engages teens in our community.

Monitors trending topics in teen services to keep programs and services current.

Ensures access to a wide variety of library resources, services, and activities for and with all teens, especially those facing challenges to access.

Actively promotes respect for cultural diversity and creates an inclusive, welcoming, and respectful library atmosphere that embraces diversity.

Responds to all teens’ interests and needs, and acts in partnership with teens to create and implement teen activities and to foster teen leadership.

Provides prompt, courteous and direct assistance to all patrons with basic information regarding use of library materials, equipment, and services.

Performs other duties as required.


Assists in other departments during peak periods or as needed.

Attends a minimum of six hours of continuing education classes every two years.


Education and Experience:
(A) Graduation from high school or GED.
(B) One year of experience, preferably in children and young adult library services, education, theatre, or recreation, with demonstrated ability to plan and deliver appropriate programs.

Necessary Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
(A) Some knowledge of the principles and practices of children and young adult programs, young adult literature, and teen programming needs

(B) Skill in operation of listed tools and equipment.

(C) Ability to plan, organize, coordinate, and implement teen library programs.

(D) Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.

(E) Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues, other agencies, and the public.


Ability to work as a part of a team
A positive attitude
Ability to be self-motivated
Ability to be flexible through changing circumstances
Commitment to HPL Workplace Values:
• We are kind
• We put patrons first
• We have fun
• We are encouraging
• We come to work ready to work
• We respectfully communicate expectations and openly receive feedback
• We remember we’re all in this together


Integrated Library System (ILS), OCLC, Windows, OSX, Office365, Android OS, Apple iOS, Evanced Event Calendar, When2Work scheduling software, Beanstack summer reading software, copy, scanning and fax machine; phone; cash register; AV equipment.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to walk, sit, stand for long periods of time, talk and hear. The employee is frequently required to use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate such objects as library materials (books, videos, etc.) or tools such as computer equipment and other office machinery. The employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms, stoop, kneel or crouch, such as during the shelving or retrieval of materials, and to climb or balance on step stools or other tools.

The employee must be able to speak articulately and audibly for the delivery of programs to children, teens, and adults.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 35 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. Employees must be able to recognize letters and numbers and read at a high school level or above.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is generally quiet. Dust levels are moderate to high because of numerous paper items.

Formal application, rating of education and experience, oral interview, reference check, and job-related tests may be required.

The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

(Updated July 3, 2019)